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Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
The broadcast and cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through those offerings, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting some First Impressions. Leading off our wintertime list is.…
The Show | NBC’s Smash (Mondays at 10/9c, premiering Feb. 6 aka “the night after the Super Bowl,” as Mr. Promo Guy makes clear)
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The new season was weak – but there was plenty of good stuff worth watching in 2011. Here's a pick of the 10 best
It's been a mixed year for Us television, with established hits stumbling (oh Glee, where did it all go wrong?) and one of the weakest new seasons in recent years (farewell, The Playboy Club, Charlie's Angels and Prime Suspect: you won't be missed).
But there were some nice surprises – Revenge provided a welcome return for the primetime soap, while Once Upon A Time demonstrated that Disney and ABC still understand a thing or two about family-centric Sunday night viewing, although I'm less convinced about ABC boss Paul Lee's belief that we're dying to watch men behaving sadly. (If you thought Man Up was bad, wait until Work It airs).
- Sarah Hughes
Here's another great piece of geek art that reimagines the cast of NBC's Community as several more Batman heros. The piece above was created by Ben Deguzman, who is an animator that worked on the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops. He previously created a piece that we posted showing the cast of Community as Batman villains. Check out the picture above and tell us what you think!
Here's a note from the artist:
Took awhile to hash out who was going to be who.
- Britta as Batwoman (May be shortsighted of me... but felt it was appropriate with Britta's brief dabbling in the lesbian world)
- Jeff as Harvey Dent (Kind of boring, I know... however, I plan on a second Bat Villain piece, so it should play out well then)
- Chang as Robin (Originally he was going to be Commisioner Gordon since he's a figure of authority now. »
Fans of what many consider to the funniest show of 2011 gathered in New York City today with one message for NBC: save Community!
Huddled together outside of Rockefeller Center, the fake-bearded protestors were led by activist Catherine Boyd, who told TV Guide of the effort, inspired by NBC's decision to bump Joel McHale and company off its early 2012 schedule:
"This is not a complaint. This is just like, let's bring all of our energy and all of our love [together]. I'm not a comedic actor. I'm not a trained person of any kind, so I tried to come up with something with zero rehearsal and zero skill set."
Watch the awesome, quasi flash mob now:
Community Flash Mob »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
The 99% have woken up, organized, and they're making their voices heard. Of course, in this instance, we're talking about 99% of the people in a large shopping mall, or roughly the number of people who actually watch Community. This afternoon, a bunch of passionate TV-watchers descended on 30 Rockefeller Plaza to protest the suspension (and perhaps cancellation) of NBC's Community. Calling themselves "Occupy 30 Rock" the protesters gathered around Rock Center's giant Christmas tree to sing Christmas carols, (specifically, holiday favorite "Oh, Christmas Troy") in an act of a passionate-yet-seasonal civil disobedience — that was likely mistaken by most for just some more annoying holiday cheer. A video from the protest suggests the turnout was surprisingly high, but predictably, most of the action took place in the micro-blogosphere. #SaveCommunity was trending this afternoon. Joel McHale and show creator Dan Harmon chimed in (though neither actually [...] »
"Community" fans are planning a flash mob at Rockefeller Center on Thursday afternoon to save the show, which has been pulled from NBC's midseason schedule. Show devotees plan to gather at 30 Rock at 1 p.m. for the event, which is being promoted via #OccupyNBC and #SaveCommunity hashtags on Twitter. Organizers are also spreading the word with a Craigslist announcement, a "Community" flash mob Facebook page (that listed 49 confirmed attendees as of Tuesday morning) and a Save "Community" blog. Read more: 'Community' Star Jim Rash Says Cast 'Optimistic' It Will Return Organizers »
- Kimberly Potts
Whether it was a passing comment or assumption of my own, I was under the impression that those behind the Evil Dead remake would aim for unknowns in their casting. But, now, DestroytheBrain reports that both Gillian Jacobs and Jurnee Smollett — neither of whom are big names, but both of whom have reached wide audiences in the past few years — have auditioned for the film.
It’s at least safe to presume they’d end up in big parts, and there are two that come to mind here. The first is our lead, Mia, a girl planning drug rehabilitation in a cabin with some of her friends. Based on past descriptions, the other female with a chance to take center stage is the fiancée to Mia’s brother, David. It’s clear that Mia is the meatier role, so, because of a wider public exposure, I find it easier to see Jacobs getting that part. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
For the first time ever, we polled the entire Sos staff on their favorite TV of the last 12 months. We knew that, given the fact that our contributors are (principally) spread out across Canada, the Us, and Britain, that the results might well be a mixed bag. What we didn’t necessarily expect was the level of consensus surrounding the upper quartile of the list. There was a clear groundswell of support for our collective #1, but competition was fierce for the spots just behind it. Here are the 20 best TV shows of 2011, according to the staff as a whole; stay tuned for The Televerse’s year-end wrap-up, in which Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell discuss their respecive favorites – and least favorites – in greater detail.
20. The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race continues to be arguably the classiest, most reliably entertaining show the genre has yet to produce. It probably helps that »
- Simon Howell
To remake Sam Raimi's Evil Dead is one thing, to do without Bruce Campbell as Ash, or not even having the character of Ash is a scary concept. This remake will focus on a female this time around, one that is suffering with a drug addiction, and her brother along with friends take the troubled girl to a secluded cabin. There in the cabin one of the friends reads from the Book of the Dead and releases a demon. According to the website Destroy the Brain two actresses have auditioned for roles in the film. There is no word if they both auditioned for the drug addicted sister, Mia, or another role. Although they both could've auditioned for separate parts. Evil DEADThanks to our inside sources, Destroy the Brain can confirm that actress Jurnee Smollett (Friday Night Lights, The Great Debaters) and actress Gillian Jacobs (Community, The Box, Choke »
Filed under: Movie News, Holiday Movies
Since its release on Dec. 1, 1989, 'Christmas Vacation' has become a holiday staple -- and not just because Mavis Staples sang the now-classic title track. (Try the veal?) Starring Chevy Chase (before he was the anchor on 'Community'), Randy Quaid (before he ran away from the Star Whackers), Beverly D'Angelo (before 'Entourage') and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (before 'Seinfeld'), the film earned $71 million at the box office and -- unofficially -- received a lifetime holiday season pass from TBS. What was it like when 'Christmas Vacation' was being filmed? Thankfully, Entertainment Tonight has posted video of a long-lost set visit to 'Vacation,' which finds Chase mugging, Quaid holding onto reality with a supple grip, and D'Angelo looking as adorable as you remember. (Sorry, Ari Gold.) No talking head shots of the now-deceased William Hickey (he »
- Christopher Rosen
Though there has been a lot of attention paid to what the story, structure, and tone of Sam Raimi’s produced remake of The Evil Dead will be, we haven’t heard much in regards to who might be the unfortunate inhabitants who unleash the curse over the cabin. The reason we haven’t heard any names as of yet is because they are still casting. Given the amount of attention and pressure placed on the film, I’m sure that director Fede Alvarez and his crew want to get just the right person for the lead. It has already been previously revealed that Bruce Campbell’s character of “Ash” is going to be replaced with a female lead. Given their attempt to not draw too many comparisons to the original cult classic, I admit that this is probably a good decision. Well, now we have a few names that »
- Michael Haffner
Let the fowl play begin! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the story of a competitive trio who quickly turn a simple quest into the ultimate competition when The Big Year spreads its wings on Blu-ray and DVD January 31.
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!
Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) and featuring outrageous supporting performances from Joel McHale (Community), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Anjelica Huston (50/50), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment), Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Kevin Pollak (Red State) and Anthony Anderson (Scream 4), The Big Year Blu-ray »
"When you have a really good show, there's a sense of excitement," Anjelica Huston says in this new NBC extended preview video for "Smash" (premieres Mon. Feb. 6, p.m. 10 Et on NBC). "In this show, I wanna get up and dance!"
Huston plays a Broadway producer on the highly anticipated hour-long musical drama series, which come from former producers and directors behind "Chicago," "Hairspray," "Spring Awakening," "American Idiot" and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
"I've had this idea for quite a few years," Spielberg says in the video. "I'm really interested in what happens backstage ... For me, it's a complete mystery how they do it in theater."
"Smash" centers around the inception of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, a hot topic in Hollywood these days with the recent film release of "My Week With Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams.
- Jaimie Etkin
In coming up with a shortlist for the best and worst TV trends of the fall season, we’re starting to wonder if ABC’s Happy Endings and Fox’s New Girl are the same show. Anyway, here are some random trends we’ve noticed. Please, add your picks!
Deep V-neck shirts. Dave is a V-neck addict on Happy Endings, the gang mocked CeCe’s DJ ex-boyfriend Gavin for wearing too many on New Girl, and perhaps most demonstrably, Andy Samberg and Ben Stiller had an extreme Deep V-Off in an SNL digital short.
Parkour! How bizarre: Schmidt (Max Greenfield »
- Annie Barrett
Everyone loves to see a classic comedian like Betty White prove she still has it after all these years. Her stint on Community gave folks a little taste of her ability to still keep up, but for those following her career more closely, they’ve seen her do just that on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. Or have they? Though Betty White has shown she’s still on her game, that doesn’t mean that all opportunities to do so are created equal. Was seeing Betty do a tribal dance in The Proposal funny? Sure. How about when she combined a bunch of tools and subdued Joel McHale in Community? Yes, indeed. There she was only playing supporting parts, and if Hot in Cleveland tells us anything, it’s that maybe that’s where she’s best used in this stage of her career. The honeymoon glow of the first season is over, »
- Lex Walker
Some of the most important people in entertainment aren’t the ones you see on your TV or movie screen every week. Casual audiences probably don’t even know them by name. But rest assured, without these people, your favorite TV shows or movies wouldn’t be what they are. As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Dan Harmon opens up about a clip show episode of Community that was streets ahead of all the others. For more behind the scenes »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2011 comedy movie The Big Year has some heavy hitters in the laughs department — Steve Martin (Three Amigos), Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels) and Owen Wilson (Hall Pass) — but failed to wow critics and audiences.
In the film, Martin, Black and Wilson are each facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. Avid bird watchers, they join a contest to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event, but for them, the quest turns into the ultimate competition.
The Big Year also features TV comedians Joel McHale (TV’s Community), Jim Parsons (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Rashida Jones (TV’s Parks and Recreation), as well as Angelica Huston (When in Rome), Dianne Weist (TV’s In Treatment), Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Kevin Pollak »
Chicago – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association may have done nothing as soul crushing as the nominations for “Burlesque” and “The Tourist” last year but it’s not for lack of trying. Here are their ten biggest offenses, followed by the full list of nominees for this year’s Golden Globes.
10. Actors who really needed a push today to get over the hump to Oscar and didn’t get it — Gary Oldman, Elizabeth Olsen, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon. It now seems likely that Oldman’s title of “Best Actor Never Oscar-Nominated” will continue.
9. The blatant push for trendy new shows on the TV side — Best Drama (80% new), Best Comedy (40%), Best Actor Drama (60%), Best Actress Drama (80%). Yes, it’s been a strong year for new shows, but seriously? The obvious desperation to be #trending is getting pathetic.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The 2011 Golden Globe nominations were, as per usual, a mixed bag. For every inspired nod (congrats, Laura Dern!) there was one that had be scratching the skin off my scalp (Boss over Breaking Bad?!). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.
I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
* Homeland snagging nods for best drama series, »
- Michael Ausiello
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